Our Story

As the epicenter for electric vehicle adoption, the Bay Area has more electric vehicles on the roads than any other region in the U.S, and is home to some of the greenest cities in the nation and the world. Much of this is in large part to California’s commitment to strong environmental standards.California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) passed in 2006 requires California to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and move the state to a sustainable low-carbon future. AB 32 was passed to address climate change that threatens the economic well-being, public health, natural resources and environment of California. One of the largest sources of GHG emissions is from the transportation sector, accounting for 30% from commercial trucks and automobiles, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, almost 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks. In order for the State of California and the Bay Area to reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 1990 levels, it needs to promote electric transportation and cutting edge programs and technologies.
With oil’s volatility and price increases driving electric vehicle adoption, the U.S. government has provided attractive financial incentives for consumers to purchase EVs. The current federal tax credits of up to $7500 per vehicle, plus a 30% credit (up to $1000) for the purchase and installation of a charging station, are accelerating EV adoption. Aside from purchasing an EV, there are other options to adopt electric vehicles such as clean public transportation, EV car sharing, electric bikes and scooters.

Charge Across Town was started in 2012 as an EV-readiness project for the City of San Francisco working in collaboration with San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. Today the non-profit organization works with local city governments and businesses, and the electric vehicle (EV) community to advance the adoption of electric vehicles, reduce carbon emissions, and help create clean energy jobs in California and beyond. Our mission is to move people

from fossil fuel vehicles to cleaner, greener modes of personal transportation through plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Charge Across Town will help make the Bay Area EV Ready.

Charge Across Town’s innovative environmental program educates consumers on the benefits, costs and feasibility of owning or sharing a plug-in hybrid or all- electric car. There is a critical need for basic consumer education at the community level as well as outreach to the larger business sector to support electric vehicles and the needed EV infrastructure. Getting people behind the wheel of an EV, test driving the cars, and providing factual information on the future transportation landscape, the costs and options of EV ownership, and the benefits of driving zero emission vehicles are all part of the educational efforts. Charge Across Town hosts the annual EV Week, a FREE five-day event held throughout the bay area that provides “ride and drives” in electric vehicles, EV infrastructure technology, utility rate information, and state and federal rebate and incentive programs to people throughout the bay area. Additionally EV Week features electric vehicle technology forums and discussions, and opportunities for electric vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure companies to interact with the public in a non-sales environment.

Consumer Demographics: The Bay Area is home to 4.5 million people with a large population of hybrid and EV enthusiasts; it is also is the largest market for electric vehicle adoption in the nation.

Business Demographics: Headquarters to major employers, progressive businesses supportive of alternative fuel vehicles and EV infrastructure, “first mover” market for EV adoption; Silicon Valley has the highest rate of electric vehicle workplace charging in the nation.